The Christmas Singing tells the sweet story of Mattie and Gideon.
They grew up together in the Amish community of Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania. Just when most would be considering marriage, they suddenly broke things off after Mattie finds Gideon in the arms of an English woman.
Mattie must begin again. She moves to Ohio, opens a cake shop and has a new boyfriend. Things seem to be going well when suddenly everything begins to fall apart. She is injured when Mattie's Cakes catches on fire. With her shop destroyed, she goes home to Apple Ridge to recover with family. Little does she know an old chapter of her life will be reopened when she encounters Gideon again.
There is much more to the story behind their breakup. You will not discover the conclusion of Mattie and Gideon's story until to come to the final pages of this novella. It is an enjoyable journey.
This book was a Christmas present. I really enjoyed it. I could not put it down. I hope to find a sequel to the book. I would love to read about the rest of her story ie. her wedding and family life married to Gideon.
I received "The Christmas Singing" by Cindy Woodsmall for free from Blogging For Books. This is a novella about a girl Mattie and her bitter breakup. Three years prior, Gideon, her boyfriend, broke up with her when she walked in on him hugging another girl, in his house, alone. She moves 6 hours away to live near her brother, start her own cake making business, and to move on. She meets Sol and has been dating him the last 2 years. Sol is not the passionate love that one dreams of. He is safe, direct, not passionate, and gets along fine without Mattie. Which means he won't break her heart since he never really has it.
Mattie's cake shop catches fire and she has to move back temporarily with her parents. Back to Gideon. While there, Mattie and Gideon meet back up with passion. Of course it is the passion of hate, but still its a blaze.
I like this book fairly well. As you know, I'm not a big fan of Amish books, but this one is not bad. The people are real. There biggest fear isn't where and when they will find their next shoo-fly pie. They are normal everyday people. I like that in my Amish.